This retreat was thrilling for me!

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    LundyBancroft
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    This past weekend, over 30 people gathered at the Watershed Center in New York state for the first ever Peak Living Network retreat. The training was called “Co-Counseling and Community Building, Level One.”

    People came from California, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts, and two people from abroad: one from Alberta and one from Ireland.

    This weekend was almost entirely different from the retreats I’ve been leading for the past 10 years. It was not about abusive relationships; it was about emotional healing in general, regardless of what each person’s specific history of wounding might be.

    As the leader of the weekend, I need to express my gratitude regarding the courage and open-mindedness that the participants brought with them. I was prepared to spend the retreat trying to motivate people to get excited about these new ideas, and to convince them to take the emotional risks involved in giving the PLN approach a try. But I didn’t have to do that at all. The people who were there (it was not a women’s retreat, but only women came this time except for me) dove immediately into using the tools I was teaching and to being willing to try things out.

    The results were exciting. People made deep connections with each other in a short time, and went right into learning how to use the new techniques for deep emotional exploration, and for getting places unstuck that had sealed up inside them.

    Our focus was on learning to split time, also called “co-counseling.” Rather than relying on professional therapists, PLN teaches how two people can learn to take turns counseling each other, and remarkably quickly can learn to do deeper and more successful healing work than tends to happen in a professional therapy setting.

    There are several reasons why the co-counseling approach tends to be successful, including (among several other factors):

    * the power of mutual work
    * the focus on specific concrete healing strategies
    * the creation of a larger support network surrounding each individual who is healing.

    People left the training ready to bring the practice of co-counseling into their lives regularly, and prepared to build support networks where they live. The energy and commitment that everyone expressed at the end of the weekend was well beyond what I had dreamed. Thank you so much to the amazing and brave people — future leaders — who came to this training retreat!

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    milalou
    Participant

    Thanks Lundy . A fantastic honour to spend time in the retreat with such courageous women. This retreat was hugely empowering for me. Rather than focusing on the emotional trauma I benefitted from the mutual sharing and closeness of the other participants . I look forward to branching out and creating another support group to encourage healing .

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